In conjunction with the celebration of the Duan Wu (Dumpling) Festival, the giant statue of Qu Yuan was set up at Waterloo Street, Singapore.
The building behind the giant statue of Qu Yuan is Rochor Centre. The height of this giant statue is about 2 levels of a building.
Qu Yuan was a loyal minister of the State of Chu. Under the influence of his political rival, he was exiled twice by the king of Chu. He was desperate when his homeland was conquered by General Bai Qi of the State of Chin.
He jumped into the Mi Luo river to protest against the corruption of his country. In order to keep fish away from Qu Yuan's body, villagers threw zong zi (dumplings) into river for fish to eat.
Today (fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar), Chinese all over the world celebrate Duan Wu (Dumpling) Festival to commemorate Qu Yuan.